Love the value and convenience of the Fobus paddle, hate the Roto.
They are the Best Holster Money Can Buy!
They are Junk - At any Price!
They are an Excellent Value!
Duh......What's a Fobus?
Love the value and convenience of the Fobus paddle, hate the Roto.
Last edited by jdeere9750; 05-30-2009 at 09:04 PM. Reason: I'm not very smart
The Fobus was OK. EXCEPT I got the Roto paddle. It was OK on the range. But, "Roto" was mistake. I never used it afterwards. In my usage,
I felt the Roto feature makes it too wide and thus awkward. And, it's resided in the bottom of my gun safe ever since.
I have no experience with "regular" Fobus holsters. But, I expect they would "fit better".
All of my holsters for other guns I've bought since then have been leather for CCW, or for hiking "protection".
Or, cheap nylon for "wear protection" in the glovebox or console.
I just bought a S & W 642 snubby. And, a VERY nice leather belt slide with adjustable retention force for $60. And, a Desantis "Super Fly" pocket holster.
Love them both for the 642.
You can draw your own conclusions.
I have one for each of my carry guns and also leather. Use the Fobus more than half of the time.
I have a Fobus for my Glock 23, it's comfortable to wear, the thing i didn't care for is that the gun fits very snug in it. Which is good in that it won't easily fall out or become loos. But you really had to yank on the gun to draw it. In the heat of the moment i felt that this may hinder me. I ended up getting a Blackhawk serpa, instead.
I use a Fobus paddle for my Taurus Pt111 Millenium Pro. What it lacks in concealability it makes up for in comfort.
I guess I would agree i general to the original post. Excellent value, serves the purpose, and has its place. They are not what I would want to carry all the time, but a fobus paddle at the range is sure easy and inexpensive to use.
1: Fobus isn't Kydex. I don't know why some people insist that it is.
2: They ARE poorly made. My first holster was a Fobus roto-paddle. The screw let go and dumped my gun on the floor of the mall.
3: The "range holster" debate. Can someone explain this to me? If you are working FROM the holster, shouldn't you be using your carry holster? If you're using it just as a place to stick your gun when you're not shooting, OK I'll bite, but most formal ranges want guns kept on the firing line while going down range etc. Why do you need a "range" holster that you won't use for carry. Isn't buying something for use on the range only (apparently as just a convenient storage spot while not shooting) a waste of money that would negate the "value" of the holste? If you're not working from the draw of your carry gear, why do you need a holster? If you have your CCW, and you're carrying to the range, are you changing to the Fobus while on the range and then putting back on your carry holster? How is that easy?
So, what's the purpose of a "Range" holster? I'm lost on this. When I go to the range and NEED a holster, it's going to be what I use for carry.
Regarding the whole "Mossad, Israeli Military" issue.
I don't know if a lot of people using this as justification for a product are prior Military or not, but having been prior service allow me to make an observation.
Military issue does not equal or mean it's a superior product.
Does anyone have a source for some of this info other than Fobus? I'll even take a poorly photchopped picture of a member of the Israeli military using a Fobus holster.
A search of the Israel Military Forum for the word "Fobus" only brings back two threads, they have about half our number of members. A search for Fobus here brings back 126 threads. Are you telling me that we discuss Fobus holsters more than the people that are supposed to be carrying them????
If you haven't seen it, this might be a good time to check out my thread on Truth in Advertising
All I see is "Combat proven by the Israeli Military" well guess what, the Beretta M9 is combat proven, but that's doesn't mean I'm going to carry one. The Bianchi nylon flap holster is "combat proven" but I'm not going to buy one. The M4 is "Combat proven" but plenty of people think it needs to be replaced for a piston driven design.
If you want a Fobus, if you like your Fobus, that's fine, but don't rely on buzz words and tag lines to try and make it better than what it is....Suicuide bombers are combat proven, doesn't mean it's a good idea to sign up for that section. Some people even use the "Combat proven" as a defense, but then also admit that "it makes a good range holster, but I wouldn't use it for carry" HOW does that make any sense?
I had one, I gave it a fair shake, it let me down and could have gotten me in some deep doo-doo. I was attraceted to the low cost, but I stopped using it within about 36 hours of actual use and bought something else immediately following it's failure.
Last edited by VAMarine; 01-06-2010 at 04:57 PM.
I purchased one for my Glock 26. Feels very secure when riding my motorcycle. The gun is definately not going to fall out of the holdster.
Problem is: I can't get the gun out of the holdster as quickly as I want. It feels like it's in there to stay. I don't feel comfortable relying on it.
I owned one for my glock 30sf. There was no way I could have concealed it even with a long jacket on. But for a cheap range holster. You couldnt have asked for better. Fit the gun tight. Made for a quick draw virtually impossible. But there was no denying that the gun wouldnt fall out. There are definitely better holster for CC. But if you could open carry or just to go shoot at a range then it would be fine.
When I bought my son's P22, the GS threw one if for $15 with the gun. It holds the gun secure, a little to secure. It is a real struggle to get the gun out. Not sure, if this the case with all Fobus, but for my P22, it is. I couldn't imagine, if I had to pull the gun for SD. It wouldn't work. On the other hand, i have a Blackhawk Serpa for my M&P, and hands downs a much better holster. I only use my for the range, but now the less. It's much better.
I own one and I like it. It isn;'t the prettiest or the fanciest but it is a good holster it is light it protects the trigger and it won't let the gun fall out. A good value no doubt!
I have a few Fobus holsters, mostly for plastic framed pistols. I use some of them when I have to qualify with guns that I normally carry in pocket holsters. I have personally seen a S&W J frame revolver's finish marked by a Fobus holster.
The damage was done in one visit to the firing range.
+1 Steve M1911A1 - true dat.
I'm not very high on them.
I own one and never use it.
Just my .02